It has been 3 years since the last Style show. There is always excitement and anticipation before any show. But what stays in my mind with this group is the camaraderie and creative energy between us, designers and artists from around the country, all together again.
I was unsure of the venue, which was in the Palo Alto Medical Foundation Building in Mountain View, it sounded like it might be sterile. Yet the rotunda was filled with 2 enormous Chihuly glass bloom sculptures, the light pouring in. The conference room, where I was, was spacious and had a warm feeling. The event was a benefit for the cancer survivors program, a good cause.
It is always interesting to see who comes and what sells. After being in a working frenzy for a few months I feel attached to certain pieces and there is a juicy flow generated from doing this work. I sold some of the pieces I really loved, many of which were fresh off the ironing board. And there was a good response to the re-dos.
It is wonderful to be in touch with the public, after working solo in the studio. I hooked up with a few good new clients zI hope to move forward with, and connected with designers I hadn’t met before, as well as reminisced with old friends, catching up and seeing what they are doing now.
There are of course questions: Is this the most current way for us to sell our products? How can we attract a younger cliental? How to keep to customers inspired enough to want to keep coming back and not getting sated with the products…
I always love adding a new piece of clothing or jewelry to my wardrobe. I bought a thread-y cascading button necklace from Judith Content inspired by the waters of blue blue Crater Lake. And a simple strong ring made with a rock from Alaska by Amy Faust. Buying directly from the maker is what makes this show special.
I look forward to enriching the connections I have made at this show in the Styles to come. Thanks to Diane Masters!